The average rate for an Optician is $14.21 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Optician Total Pay (?
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$24,383 - $56,430
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MEDIAN: $37,392
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Optician Total Pay (?
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$9.72 - $20.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,383 - $56,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $3,512  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,920  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,825 - $46,913  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $20.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16 - $6.12  
Overtime
$11.85 - $30.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,920  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $3,512  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,825 - $46,913  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,684
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Job Description for Optician
Opticians assist customers who require vision tests, prescriptions, repairs, and, in some cases, minor eye surgery; essentially, they helps customers determine which prescription they require and assist with any other questions or needs that they may have. Opticians use a piece of equipment called an phoropter to measure the depth of vision that each customer has, and then they are able to determine exactly which prescription the customer needs. Other equipment is also used, including a tonometer, which injects a small amount of air pressure into the eyeball to test for glaucoma. All opticians should be familiar with this equipment, and some may also be able to operate laser surgery machines for outpatient correction procedures.
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Optician Tasks
  • Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.
  • Measure patient for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames and optical prescription.
  • Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses for patient according to written optical prescription.
  • Adjust frame and lens position to fit patient.
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Pay by Experience Level for Optician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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Philadelphia
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St. Louis
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Austin
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National Average
$31,000
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Experience Affects Optician Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Optician Salaries

Billing
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Optometry
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Sales
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Insurance
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Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 38%
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